Top Ten Facts About Trees: Caribbean’s Manchineel is Most Dangerous


NOT only is this National Parks Week, but today marks the anniversary of the death of an American poet famed for a verse called Trees (see fact 10.) . . . from London’s Express.

1. There are approximately 60 times as many trees in the world as people.

2. Earth’s oldest living organism is believed to be an 80,000-year-old colony of Aspen trees in Utah.

3. The actor/manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree was grandfather of the actor Oliver Reed.

4. Aspirin was originally made from the bark of willow trees.

5. A lover of trees is a dendrophile; the worship of trees is dendrolatry.

A lover of trees is a dendrophile; the worship of trees is dendrolatry

  1. According to Guinness World Records, the machineel tree of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico is the world’s most dangerous tree. Its sap can cause blisters or blindness. 

7. Seeds from 500 trees orbited the Moon 34 times on the 1971 Apollo 14 mission.

8. They were planted on their return to Earth but the resulting trees seem perfectly normal.

9. According to the US Forest Service, areas with large trees have lower rates of crime than those with small ones.

10. “I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree,” (Joyce Kilmer, who died on July 30, 1918).

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